Will Girl Power Continue To Reign In Sunday’s Queen’s Plate?

Written By Dave Briggs on August 19, 2022
Safe Conduct winning the 2021 Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto

A filly poised to out-run the boys is just one of a number of compelling storylines for the 163rd running of the Queen’s Plate on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

Moira, the winner of the Woodbine Oaks in her last start on July 27, has been tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favourite in the $1 million race that drew a field of 11 sophomore runners.

First race post time for Sunday is 12:25 p.m. (ET), with the featured Queen’s Plate scheduled for 5:42 p.m. (ET). The national Plate broadcast will be televised on TSN and CTV starting at 4:30 p.m.

“Typically, when you win the Oaks, depending on how impressive they are doing it, you always have to think of the Queen’s Plate,” said Moira’s trainer, Kevin Attard, who is looking for his first Plate triumph. “It something we have always had in the back of our minds, and we geared her campaign so the Plate would be her third race of the season and she’d be fresh.”

Just like Queen Elizabeth II, girls rule

Should Moira win, she would continue a particularly strong period of girl power in the Plate. A victory would make her the fifth filly in 12 years to win North America’s oldest horse race (the Plate was first run in 1860, seven years before the start of the Belmont Stakes and 15 years before the inaugural Kentucky Derby).

A win in the 1 ¼ mile race on the Woodbine Tapeta surface would also give Moira a victory in the first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. The second leg is the $400,000 Prince of Wales, run at 1 3/16 miles on the dirt at Fort Erie on Sept. 13. The final leg is the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, at 1 ½-miles over the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine on Oct. 2.

Other great Plate storylines

Other great Queen’s Plate storylines include:

  • Rondure is the second choice in the morning line at odds of 3-1. Trained by Katerina Vassilieva, the colt posted an emphatic 5 1/2-length victory in his last start on July 2 in the Grade 3 Marine at Woodbine.
  • Hall of Fame trainer Josie Carroll is going for her fourth Plate victory. She will saddle third choice Duke of Love (5-1).
  • Trainer Danny Vella, who previously conditioned Rondure, is going for his third Plate victory. He’ll send out The Minkster (10-1). Vella won the 1994 Plate with Basqueian and the 2012 running with Strait of DOver.
  • Two-time Plate winner and Canadian and US Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will send out Sir for Sure (8-1) and Hall of Dreams (12-1). Casse, Canada’s Outstanding Trainer a whopping 13 times, won the Plate in 2014 with Lexie Lou and again in 2018 with Wonder Gadot.
  • Homebred colt Causin Mayhen (6-1) will carry the colours of Canada’s great Chiefswood Stables.
  • Meanwhile, Dancin in Da’nile (30-1) is another Plate homebred produced by a legendary Canadian farm. The colt is the product of Sam-Son Farm and is trained by Gail Coz.
  • Hunt Master (30-1) has never been worse than third in his six career starts. He will be sent out by trainer Angus Buntain. He will be ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, who won the 2007 Plate with Mike Fox.
  • Multiple stakes winner Ironstone (12-1) is trained by William Armata, son of 2002 Plate-winning trainer Vito Armata.
  • Trainer Sid Attard, who finished second in last year’s race with Stronach Stables’ homebred Riptide Rock, will look to go one better this time around, as he sends out Shamateur (30-1).

Queen’s Plate 2022 field

PostHorseTrainerOwnersJockeyMorning Line
1Hall of DreamsMark CasseGary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Peter Deutsch, and Leonard SchleiferPatrick Husbands12-1
2ShamateurSid AttardStronach StablesLuis Contreras30-1
3IronstoneWilliam ArmataTequesta Racing Inc. and Jupiter Racing Co.Kazushi Kimura12-1
4The MinksterDanny VellaSea Glass Stables, LLCDavid Moran10-1
5Duke of LoveJosie CarrollMyRacehorseJustin Stein5-1
6RondureKaterina VassilievaBorders Racing Stable Ltd.Flavien Prat3-1
7Dancin in Da’nileGail CoxSam-Son FarmShaun Bridgmohan30-1
8MoiraKevin AttardX-Men Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, and SF Racing LLCRafael Hernandez5-2
9Hunt MasterAngus BuntainOpenwood FarmEmma-Jayne Wilson30-1
10Sir for SureMark CasseHeste Sport Inc.Declan Carroll8-1
11Causin’ MayhemTodd PletcherChiefswood StableAntonio Gallardo6-1

Where can Ontario sports betting fans place a bet?

You can bet on the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack, most racetracks nationwide or anywhere in Canada via Woodbine’s betting platform HorsePlayer Interactive betting platform. The platform is currently offering 3x the reward points for customers that bet $100 or more on Sunday’s Woodbine card.

Bet on the race in the US through a variety of platforms, including TVG.

Betting on horse racing currently is not available on Ontario sports betting apps, as Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson told PlayCanada recently.

Sunday’s card also features a trio of standout stakes action: the Grade 2 $200,000 Canadian Stakes Presented by the Japan Racing Association (second jewel in the Ladies of the Lawn Series), the Grade 2 $200,000 King Edward Stakes, and the $125,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes.

Woodbine is offering the following wagering guarantees:

  • Race 2
  • Race 4
  • Race 6
  • Race 9
  • Race 10 (Queen’s Plate)
Last year, the Plate card’s total handle of more than $16 million was second most in the event’s long history. In 2019, the Queen’s Plate card topped $18 million in total handle.

The Plate’s rich history

The Queen’s Plate was started by the Toronto Turf Club in 1860 to try to improve horse racing in Canada.Queen Victoria allotted the prize, a plate worth 50 guineas — thus, giving the race its name. Eight Canadian-bred horses were entered that June day, and by the end of the three heats Don Juan took home the victory.

Following Queen Victoria’s death, the race became known as the King’s Plate until present monarch Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne in 1952.

Why you should go – hats, entertainment and more

The Queen’s Plate is full of the kind of history and pageantry one might expect from Canada’s greatest and oldest thoroughbred horse race.

What should you wear if you go? Think something snazzy and stylish and don’t forget your hat. For many who go, this is a dressy affair. In 2018, Woodbine produced the following style guide to give you an idea of the proper Queen’s Plate fashion:

 

Woodbine will also play host to a special concert by Canadian country music duo The Reklaws. The group has been dubbed this year’s Queen’s Plate celebrity ambassadors. The Reklaws will hit the stage at Woodbine at 4 p.m. for a special performance, which will also be broadcast live on CTV and TSN. The duo will also perform the ceremonial ‘Riders Up’ call just prior to The Queen’s Plate race.

In 2020, The Reklaws teamed with Woodbine to film the music video for their single “Where I’m From”, which helped raise funds for racehorse aftercare programs.

Photo by Michael Burns / Woodbine
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Dave Briggs is a managing editor and writer for Catena Media. His expertise is covering the gambling industry in North America with emphasis on the casino, sports betting, horse racing and poker sectors. He is currently reporting on the gaming industries in Canada and Illinois.

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